AECL Chairman FIPA, GAICD
Danny has 25 years egg industry experience having acted as business manager and then managing director of Pure Foods Eggs Pty Ltd, Tasmania’s largest egg producer.
Danny has extensive board experience in non-executive director and managing director roles. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Business, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants
Danny has been actively involved in the the wider aspects of the Australian egg industry.
Recently, Danny received acclaim when he won the Kondinin & ABC Rural 2014 Egg Farmer of the Year award.
AECL director B. Sc., Grad. Dip. Bus.
Bede Burke was elected to the Board on 24 November 2016.
He has run a successful grain and livestock farming business, including laying hens and pullet rearing as well as ewes and breeding cattle, with his wife, Narelle, for 35 years. The farm not only produces most of its own feed requirements with an on-farm fee mill but has an extensive on-farm compost as part of the fertiliser program for grain production. In 2009 the farm was awarded the Brownhill Cup for Sustainable Farming.
Bede has always been involved in a number of industry and community projects. Currently he is Chairman of the NSW National Party, Chairman of the NSW Farmers Egg Committee and Chairman of Tamworth Rural, an unlisted public rural merchandising company. He is a Deputy Captain of the Tamworth branch of the NSW Rural Fire Services.
Bede has been an active promoter of the industry representative body, Egg Farmers of Australia.
Frank Pace AM
Frank Pace is a non-executive 'elected' Director of AECL and is the founder and Managing Director of Pace Farm Pty Ltd - the largest producer, marketer and distributor of eggs in Australia.
Frank is the Chairman of the International Egg Commission (IEC) and was awarded the Denis Wellstead Memorial Trophy for International Egg Person of 2004.
Frank Pace was previously the chairman of the Seven Hills branch of the Livestock and Grain Producers Association (LPGA) and a member of the NSW Farmers' Association Egg Committee. He was also a previous committee of management member and Vice President of the former Australian Egg Industry Association (AEIA).
Frank has also made an active constribution to the Sydney community and was honored by being named a life member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Mount Druitt.
Most recently, Frank was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to the egg industry, both in
Australia and internationally.
AECL specialist director (Marketing)
Charmaine England is a non-executive ‘specialist’ director (marketing), who was appointed to the AECL Board on 3 November 2016.
Charmaine is a food marketing expert, having worked at leading food companies in Australia such as Unilever and The Daily Drinks Co.
Charmaine has many years of marketing, board and senior management experience in consumer products in Asia, New Zealand, UK and Australia. She is a specialist in developing and delivering business turnaround.
Charmaine is currently Managing Director of the Daily Drinks Company which has extensive rural production facilities and a rural grower base. She is also Chair of the Australian Fruit Juice Association.
Catherine Cooper - Bachelor of Laws, LLB, GDLP, and FAICD
AECL specialist director (Corporate Governance)
Catherine has a background in commercial law and business and is an experienced non-executive director and chair. She has extensive experience at management and board level in diverse industries with expertise spanning agribusiness, animal health, biosecurity, food security, finance and audit, together with water, energy, waste management, health and education, research and development, with significant exposure to both domestic production and export markets.
Catherine is a pragmatic director with a strong focus on integrity, transparency and credibility.
Catherine’s executive management experience includes Fosters Brewing Group, Elders Limited, Futuris Corporation, and positions as chair of SA Fisheries Council and SA Dairy Regulator. She is currently Commissioner – Australian Fisheries Management Authority, chair of Fleurieu Waste Management Authority, and a director of Beston Global Food Company.
Catherine has twice been a finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards, and was awarded a position in the AICD ASX 200 Chairs mentoring Program 2015.
Rowan McMonnies - B. Laws, M.Comm
AECL Managing Director
Rowan has a legal and compliance background and has been a key adviser to the agriculture sector and the egg industry in recent years. Prior to commencing with AECL, Rowan was a commercial disputes partner at global law firm, Baker & McKenzie, and held senior positions at the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Through a focus on the agriculture sector in legal practice, Rowan has advised peak state and national farming associations and key stakeholders in the egg, chicken meat, cattle, dairy, bulk grain and agricultural chemical industries. Rowan’s involvement in the egg industry includes assisting the industry in its response to the free range egg labelling standard consultation process and working with egg industry representative bodies on the formalisation of Egg Farmers of Australia. Through this work, Rowan has been recognised for his strategic capability and his ability to effectively engage with key industry stakeholders.
Rowan holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Masters of Commerce from the University of Sydney.
Rowan commenced with AECL on 31 October 2016.